Pontardawe Rural District Council Records

Scope and Content

Records of Pontardawe Rural District Council, 1838-1985, comprising Clerk's Department records, 1877-1976, including minutes, 1893-1974, miscellaneous registers, 1877-1976, and byelaws, 1914-1952; Treasurer's Department records, including ledgers, 1896-1974, accounts, 1910-1974, records of employees' earnings, 1945-1972, valuation lists, 1928-1950, and rate books, 1922-1958; Medical Officer of Health reports, 1898-1938; marriage notice books, 1882-1923; yearbooks, magazines and other publications, 1954-1973; articles, [1959x1967]; Public Health Department registers, 1925-1985, and press cuttings, 1938-1973; deeds, 1838-1950; photographs, [c. 1960]-[1960s]; planning register, 1932-1948; Engineer and Surveyor's Department records, 1899-1966, including plans of new buildings, 1932-1946, and papers relating to sewerage schemes, 1933-1966.

Administrative / Biographical History

Pontardawe Rural District Council, Glamorgan, was created under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 and comprised the parishes of Cilybebyll, Llangiwg, Mawr (Llangyfelach Mawr), Rhyndwyglydach and Ynysymwn (Ynysymond). The Council comprised councillors and a chairman and replaced part of Pontardawe Rural Sanitary Authority. The Council was responsible for a range of local services including sanitation, sewerage, refuse collection, maintaining local roads, cemeteries and parks, licensing of public entertainments, water supply and housing. Rural District Councils were administered by committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Housing Officer and Surveyor. Pontardawe Rural District Council was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation and its functions were assumed by the new Borough of Lliw Valley.


Arranged into the following: Clerk's Department; Treasurer's Department; Medical Officer of Health; Civil Registration records; Pontardawe Union Rural Sanitary Authority and Pontardawe Rural District Council; Public Health Department; Clerk's Department; Planning Department; Clerk's Department; Public Health Department; Engineer and Surveyor's Department; recreation grounds; Treasurer's Department.

Conditions Governing Access

Register of tuberculosis notifications (RD/Pd 92) and register of notifications of infectious diseases (RD/Pd 93) closed for 100 years from date of creation. Records of employees' earnings (RD/Pd T 41-44) closed for 50 years from date of creation.

Acquisition Information

It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Local Authorities - Rural District Councils - Pontardawe Rural District Council, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff, 1969); Collis, Kim, The West Glamorgan Archives Service: A Guide to the Collections (Swansea, 1998).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

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